There are four areas that I am reflecting on.
- Having a rural background I appreciate the imagery of the locust plague being like an invading army, continually advancing, reproducing and destroying the current and future growth and the hopelessness it produces.
- 2. Joel 2:28- 32 is an inclusive message of salvation. Peter preaches about the promise of the outpouring of the Holy Spirit for ALL who will believe. The prophet adds; neither young nor old to Paul’s message to Galatia that there is neither Jew nor Gentile. Neither slave nor free. Neither male nor female.
- 3. Young men will see visions and old men will dream dreams…three things speak to me about this in a past / historical, personal and futuristic tense.
a.) Older people will be dreaming of a time they once knew repeating its-self and young would be seeing a vision for the future of great blessing and hope / deliverance that they want to experience.
b.) Personally it reminds me of my visions for the future when younger. Being older I dream about lost opportunities. I reminisce about how I thought my life would pan out. Now a different vision is being implanted regarding my current walk with the Lord.
c.) The vision and dream the Jewish people had regarding Scripture were a futuristic political one. They didn’t recognise Jesus and the promise of God when its fulfilment arrived. This warns me not to be too dogmatic about my own reading and interpretation of Prophetic Scripture within the current / futuristic setting.
4.) God loves us so much that he always gives us hope…and hope doesn’t disappoint us for it produces faith to continue to live despite our circumstances when we turn to Him.